Nagin Lake to reclaim its glory soon

April 6th, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI  

By: Afzal Bhatt

New Delhi, Apr. 6 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir’s famed Nageen Lake is being cleaned under the conservation drive of Nageen Lake Conservation Organization, which is a forum of several voluntary bodies.

NLCO that started its cleaning drive on March 31 has reached in its sixth day.

“NLCO and others have started this drive here. It has been six days. And we have taken out a lot of polythene. It has been six days. Today people from NLCO and SMC were also here. We have done a lot of cleaning,” Jan Mohamed a volunteer in the drive said.

Kashmir has a number of lakes and water bodies, which are getting polluted due to constant dumping of non-degradable polythene and other waste materials.

Srinagar Municipality Corporation (SMC) is also participating in the campaign.

“The real motive was to make the people aware. Many of our water bodies are almost dead. Mansbal Lake, Pokribal and a few others are almost gone. So we started this programme to save Nageen. All of us have got together in this drive,” observed Manzoor Ahmad Wagnoo, President, NLCO, Srinagar.

Dal Lake and Nageen Lake are Kashmir valley’s main tourist attraction.

NLCO’s initiative will not only help these lakes to regain their past glory, but help make people aware of the need to keep the lakes clean.

A large number of school children and some locals also took part in the drive showing their spirit for conserving the water bodies.

Tourism is the major source of income and employment generation in Kashmir valley. (ANI)

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